- Major: Operations Management
- Minor: Business Management
- Graduation year: 2020
- Internships: Habitat For Humanity – Project Management Internship
- Awards: Dean’s List & Essay prize writer for the V.S.N.C. Youth Group Effort of the Year
- Hometown/ state: Las Vegas, NV
Larain Taylor ’20, an operations management major with a minor in management, has learned what makes a strong leader and strives to build a better tomorrow through hard work and the power of community. Larain is inventing her future as a young entrepreneur – step by step.
Interning with Habitat for Humanity
In Lexington, Virginia, Larain interned for Habitat for Humanity where she gained practical experience in project management. During the internship, she oversaw the development of multiple housing projects in various stages of completion. She says, “I was humbled and impressed by the volunteers that worked steadfastly to help those in need. For that reason, the most invaluable skill I learned with Habitat was what unifies a community and how to rally the strength of volunteers.”
Preparing to enter the real world
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Participating in “Changing the Faces of Technology”
This spring Larain participated in the Dell EMC Changing the Faces of Technology workshop. Margaret Dias is the Executive Director of IT and Assurance at UmassD, and the co-organizer of Umass Dartmouth’s partnership with Dell EMC, whose aim is to recruit students of color to the tech industry. “Mrs. Dias presented me the opportunity to attend Dell EMC’S Changing the Face of Technology workshop.
The experience was insightful, as I was able to learn about life at Dell Technologies, how the company operates, and what opportunities they offer to better its employees.” Larain says, “What I valued foremost about the workshop was the opportunity to talk to recent graduates about the transition from college to the workplace. Secondarily, I enjoyed the challenges the workshop presented, it required me to apply many lessons I learned about working in teams as well as the value of grit and determination.”